Sneaky pickups entering Week 10 

November, 8, 2013
It might seem a tad optimistic to expect Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Denard Robinson to have fantasy relevance this season, but the beleaguered franchise announced earlier this week that he was the prime backup to starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew, an older, struggling player in the final year of his contract. Robinson was a terrific college player at Michigan, a quarterback who averaged 6.2 yards per rush and scored 42 touchdowns on the ground. Robinson is good; he just needs opportunity. We like to dream big here every Friday as we examine potential sneaky pickups, not necessarily for this weekend but for later in the season, and Robinson certainly qualifies for those with an open bench spot in deeper formats.

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Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsDenard Robinson has lost yardage on four of his 11 carries this season.
Robinson has been given 11 rushing attempts spread over six games -- and has done little with them, as he has totaled 25 yards -- but, now that the team seems interested enough to see what Robinson can do with reasonable touches, taking the odd step of making it clear to everyone he is next in line, things should improve statistically. Of course, Jones-Drew is hardly thriving on this sad-sack team, as the third-round pick in ESPN average live drafts is tied for 197th in overall season scoring and isn’t even 100 percent owned anymore, but that’s somewhat irrelevant. Look across Florida at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Doug Martin wasn’t playing well and got hurt, and now Mike James is relevant. James wasn’t a college quarterback, but so what. At some point, the lowly Jaguars might want to see what 23-year-old Robinson can do, given that the 28-year-old pending free agent really hasn’t provided much.

In fact, Jones-Drew doesn’t seem to be fighting the looming potential of losing touches, telling’s Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco, “He gives us a mismatch. He's faster than probably every linebacker in the league. He's stronger than most corners and safeties, and he gives us a weapon that we can use anywhere on the field: outside, in the slot, at the running back position. He gets a great opportunity this week to go out there and show it."